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By Jennifer Pricci, (http://www.newjerseystage.com)
When Jon Bon Jovi holds court with his Kings of Suburbia, it’s not an internationally renowned rock star that you see, and not a front-man of a rock n’ roll band, or, more formally, the CEO of the 13th highest grossing band on the Forbes Top 100 list. Think Jon Bon Jovi, music fan.
His most loyal fans outside of the Jersey Shore really have never seen this side him. Women travel thousands of miles to see their icon, their hero. And many leave asking… Who is this man and why is he confusing me like this?
They understand the strength of a song like “Wanted,” treating it as some kind of gift just for them, part of his namesake’s band bestselling album Slippery When Wet, a collection that went platinum to the 12th power; not a bad way to launch a megastar career.
Jon’s is an act that fills stadiums around the world until every seat has a fanny in it. But despite such commercial success, he never forgot where he came from. So when he set his sights on a new project, he collected the kind of musicians that spoke to him as an artist. The result is The Kings of Suburbia.
For most Jersey Shore residents, to live here is to be immersed in the musical culture. To visit is to have no context. And this holds true whether one comes to the Shore or the Shore comes to you. So for those nomadic women who purchase a ticket to a Kings of Suburbia show because it’s adorned with the name “Jon Bon Jovi;” here are the keys to the castle.
On July 30th Jon brought his Kings home to Red Bank, New Jersey to play a benefit for the Parker Family Health Clinic, a local nonprofit that extends medical services to the uninsured, a cause Jon and his wife Dorothea have been a part of since before he dug in his first shovel at groundbreaking.
The historic Count Basie Theatre, just a few blocks east of the JBJ Soul Kitchen — a restaurant run by Jon’s Soul Foundation serving free food in exchange for volunteer work — was filled to the brim with both women on pilgrimage and residents of the suburb baited by its many local music heroes and a prodigal son.
The band was relentless. Soaring vocals by Jon and the 14-piece Kings of Suburbia rocked ‘n’ rolled between bar band torque, think Nick Lowe’s “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding”, or the gritty R&B of Ray Charles’ “Night Time is the Right Time”, or the artful soul of Sly & the Family Stone’s “Everyday People”, Queen’s classic rocker “Under Pressure.” Add a measure of symbolism with Don McLean’s venerable sing-along “American Pie” as a finale and you find a whole much greater than the sum of its parts.
The Kings’ lineup is a veritable who’s who of the kind of musicians that have given the Jersey Shore its rich musical heritage. Bobby Bandiera, one of the more recognizable Kings and a tie that binds the group together, is a beloved local attraction.
A badly kept Shore secret for decades, Bandiera began playing in clubs 50 years ago at 16. His first outfit was a band from Orange, New Jersey called Holme. They debuted in 1970, and were the house band for years at Dodd’s and D’Jais in Belmar, where it’s still possible to find the 21st century version on any given summer Sunday.
In the early ‘80’s he became lead vocalist and guitarist for Cats on a Smooth Surface, the only group to ever achieve house band status at the famed Stone Pony. It was the spring of ‘82 when Springsteen could often be found appearing unannounced with the Cats. The Boss loved jamming with the Cats.
In 1985, Bandiera joined Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, a position he still unofficially holds — he’s been on “permanent loan” to Bon Jovi since 2005… it’s safe to say even Springsteen’s been getting his voicemail.
Bandiera’s performance credits include countless benefits, he’s found the time to record four solo albums and has over 40 recording credits including the “A Very Special Christmas” albums to benefit the Special Olympics, recorded under his musical direction live from the White House in front of President Clinton. He’s shared the stage with B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards, Dr. John, Levon Helm and many more.
When Bobby’s front and center, one can truly comprehend his value. His standing-room-only performances with The Bobby Bandiera Band delivers with the same vigor and exactitude of his popular Rock-N-Soul Revues, a concert series born in 2005 that pays tribute to some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest artists.
Along with Bandiera, Lorenza Ponce, of the habitual smile and feisty fiddle, is also a staple on Bon Jovi’s tours. The multi-talented musician has toured the world playing violin alongside Ben Folds, Sheryl Crow, John Tesh and more.
As Lorenza explains, her extensive qualifications are founded in “a style change from the classical training and new age music of (her) past, while incorporating the ‘graduate degree’ (she’s) earned at the school of rock star employers and mentors.”
There may be no better way to feature Lorenza among the Kings than with The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” a cover that stops every show. The tune showcases Bandiera on lead vocals and guitar but it is Lorenza’s rock violin solo that elevates it to an exponential level. And when Bandiera and Ponce treat the audience to a duel; the two are the musical equivalent of a beast with two backs.
For the evening’s Bon Jovi originals you could again count on Bobby to move the songs over toward the Southside. The immortal “Bad Medicine,” bolstered further by brass.
Tommy Meares on trombone, Tony Perruso on trumpet, John Berry on trumpet, Tommy LaBella on sax and Doug DeHays on baritone sax transformed the Jon Bon Jovi led show to an even greater Jersey Shore bread sound. The combined credits of this group, simply too many to list, include stints as Springsteen sidemen, Asbury Jukes, The Motor City Review, Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Series, Bandiera’s Rock-N-Soul Revues and more.
The Kings’ brass roster, who set The Boxtops’ “The Letter” ablaze, must bring great satisfaction to Jon, the music fan, who in his very beginning struggled pounding the pavement for a deal because labels felt the market was already saturated with the “Jersey Shore Sound;” Springsteen and Southside’s Jukes cornering the market.
"I want to grow up to be Southside Johnny," Jon has proclaimed on many occasions; even admitting to lifting Southside’s "Hearts of Stone" to cushion Bon Jovi’s "Never Say Goodbye" to #1 on the Billboard charts. The Jukes horn section has always set them apart, so there’s no denying how much The Kings’ lineup of spinning and dancing brass must be his moment of self-actualization.
Rhythm Guitarist and Backing Vocalist Jim Celestino and Bass Player Graham Maby, more key players responsible for making the overall performance blow through the walls of The Basie and onto the side streets of Red Bank. Celestino, whose resume includes The Jersey Shore Rock-N-Soul Revue, has shared the stage with a range of artists including Springsteen, Ben E. King, Gary “US” Bonds, Daryl Hall and Rob Thomas among others. Graham Maby, longtime bassist for Joe Jackson, is looked upon by those who know his work as a scene stealer. He’s toured with Graham Parker, Garland Jeffreys, and Darden Smith and has recorded and toured with Natalie Merchant’s band. Maby has also appeared on recordings with Marshall Crenshaw, Joan Baez, and more.
Drummer Rich Scanella, an obvious choice for The Kings, was snatched up by Jon after Bon Jovi drummer, Tico Torres, underwent an emergency appendectomy right before a show in Mexico City on their last tour. He got the call the day of the cancelled show as Torres was admitted. That gave Scannella about one week to learn the entire Bon Jovi repertoire so that he could to join the band for immediate concert dates that included the famed Rock in Rio festival in Brazil. It is no wonder he’s so obviously suited to bring that monstrous stadium sound. Bon Jovi originals such as “We’ve Got It Going On,” would not have translated without him. Scannella, just as much in demand in studio as on the road, has worked with Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Adam Duritz, Joe Elliot, Michael Anthony, Neal Schon, Hubert Sumlin, Tommy Shaw and more.
Another show highlight features, not only “the most famous finger snaps in rock ‘n’ roll,” but our keyboard players; Arne Wendt and Carl Gentry. When Queen’s “Under Pressure” kicked off with that notable bass hook and keyboard sprinkle, so did the audience’s great anticipation. The energetic Arne Wendt has occupied the keyboard seat for a dynamic range of artists such as Ben E. King, Gary “US” Bonds, Noel Redding, Rob Thomas and more. This night was Carl Gentry’s debut as a King. In addition to leading his own Carl Gentry Band, he’s also been tapped to play with Bandiera and Marc Muller’s critically-acclaimed Grateful Dead Revue Concert Series. We’ll be seeing Gentry again in this role.
It should also be put on record for those critics in the cover and tribute circle who say nobody should try their hand at Freddie Mercury; Jon thrives on this song as it sits perfectly in the nook of his 52 year-old range.
"Under Pressure," immediately followed by the dimmed room intro to "Baba O’Riley" is where we again find Wendt and Gentry under no pressure at all, prepping the room for the aforementioned eruption of violin and guitar.
And just as the audience may feel they’ve reached their own peak, Jon welcomed to the stage his mentor Southside, another common denominator among most of the Kings. Jon introduced him as “the reason I do what I do,” and sat back in deference as Southside took over, performing a mini Ray Charles tribute beginning with “Big Boss Man” with backing vocalist Jillian Rhys McCoy. Jillian’s voice may be what you call “retro.” Think 1963. Ronnie Spector, The Shirelles — one of the great branches to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll music.
Our welcomed guest continued to keep the house agroove with local R&B ‘Queen’ Layonne Holmes, performing “Night Time is the Right Time.” Enjoying Layonne solely as a backup singer is a crime. The size of her rich alto voice pales only in comparison to her command of soul and stage as she outshines every spotlight she steps into. Her first paid session work came from E Street Band member, Danny Federici at the age of 22. More impressive session credits followed but it is in performance where Layonne’s love for music can be felt, even in your own gut, as you listen. Layonne has parlayed her experience launching outfit after outfit into a calendar full of engagements with her groups RAIN, the Grand Ladies of Jazz concert show, the New Standard, and the 11-piece Motor City Revue who has built such a strong following that they sell out every performance. Layonne has shared the stage with many music industry luminaries including Darlene Love, Phoebe Snow, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ben E. King, Leslie Gore and Beth Nielson Chapman. In 2001, Layonne and her late Mother – the celebrated Delores “Miss Dee” Holmes – were selected to back Bruce Springsteen on the internationally-televised “9/11 Tribute to Heroes” telethon and appeared on the album of the same name.
An incestuous group of bona fide, qualified and unequivocal musicians amplified the Count Basie stage that night and, along with a revolving group of even more area artists who rotate based on Jon’s vision, deliver the superb sounds of this Suburb to stages around the world. Grand scope, thanks to the veritable, viable and commercially authoritative Jon Bon Jovi. So in addition to appreciation for his philanthropy, he is due gratitude for enlightening the world, and what may be an otherwise bewildered group of well meaning fans, about why the Jersey Shore is a time-honored dynasty from where Kings reign supreme.
Line-Up: Jon Bon Jovi / Bobby Bandiera – Lead Guitar / Jim Celestino – Rhythm Guitar / Graham Maby – Bass / Lorenza Ponce – Violin, Backing Vocals / Layonne Holmes – Backing Vocals / Jillian Rhys McCoy – Backing Vocals / Tommy Meares – trombone / Tony Perruso – trumpet / John Berry – trumpet / Tommy LaBella – sax / Doug DeHays – Baritone sax / Rich Scanella – drums / Arne Wendt – keyboards / Carl Gentry – Keyboard
Special Guest: Southside Johnny Lyons
Setlist: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles) / Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party (J. Geils Band) / Lost Highway (Bon Jovi) / Whole Lot of Leavin’ (Bon Jovi) / Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) / Everyday People (Sly & the Family Stone) / Old Time Rock & Roll (Bob Seger) / You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi) / (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Nick Lowe) / I’m Your Man (Leonard Cohen) / We Got it Goin’ On (Bon Jovi) / Under Pressure (Queen) / Baba O’Riley (The Who) / Big Boss Man – Southside Johnny Lead Vocals (Ray Charles) / Night Time is the Right Time – Southside Johnny Lead Vocals (Ray Charles) / What’d I Say? – Southside Johnny Lead Vocals (Ray Charles) / The Letter (The Boxtops) / Who Says You Can’t Go Home (Bon Jovi) / Bad Medicine (Bon Jovi)
Encore: Prayer ‘94 (Bon Jovi) / Because We Can (Bon Jovi) / Talk To Me – Southside Johnny Backing Vocals (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) / 634-5789 – Southside Johnny Backing Vocals (Wilson Pickett) / American Pie (Don McLean)
"I want to thank Jay McKee for this ALS Ice Bucket Nomination! And, now I want to pass this along to David Bryan, Tico Torres and Richie Sambora."- JBJ
Enter to win an autographed copy of the New Jersey Super Deluxe Edition Album, signed by Jon Bon Jovi!
We are a giving away three (3) copies of this amazing collectors item (including 2 full length CDs with over an hour of previously unreleased demos, the rare Access All Areas documentary on DVD, and a 60 page booklet), personally signed by JBJ!
Note, there is a limit of one entry per person, contest ends Monday, August 18th at 11:59PM PT. Three winners will be selected at random and contacted by email on Wednesday, August 20th.
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By Jeanne Wagner, (www.parkerfamilyhealthcenter.org)
Last Wednesday night, July 30th, Jon Bon Jovi fans jammed the Basie to hear their favorite musician play live in support of Parker Family Health Center. Backed by stellar local musicians Kings of Suburbia, Bon Jovi sold out the Basie and streamed the rousing performance on line for those unable to reserve a seat.
Savoring the concert along with the crowd was Jonah Gold, a sixteen year old, New Jersey, die hard Bon Jovi fan. What set Jonah apart from other concert goers was not his confinement to a wheelchair but the fact that Jonah came to the concert having raised over $8,000 for the Parker Center!
Jonah suffers from Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome, a rare genetic disorder afflicting a very small percentage of the worldwide population. A rock fan and aspiring drummer, Jonah’s been an admirer of Jon Bon Jovi for quite some time. Last year Jonah wrote to Bon Jovi, expressing his hope to someday meet Jon in person. Jonah’s dream came true this past spring with a surprise visit from Jon. The visit ended with a newly forged friendship and promises to keep in touch.
Soon after that memorable occasion, Jon invited Jonah to the upcoming Parker Family Benefit Concert. Concert tickets in hand, Jonah questioned how he could possibly repay Bon Jovi’s generosity and came up with an idea of his own. He, Jonah, would solicit donations on behalf of Jon’s charity, the Parker Family Health Center, and then surprise Bon Jovi with his proceeds the night of the show! With the help of family and friends, Jonah set about realizing his plan and now holds the record as “youngest/ most money-raised” benefactor of the Parker Family Health Center.
The electrifying concert’s now over and Jonah’s on to summer camp. Parker Family’s phones are ringing and patients fill the Center’s rooms. But for that one night, that special Wednesday summer night, Parker Family, Jon Bon Jovi and Jonah all came together to celebrate the message of hope Jonah finds so memorable in Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can”.
Because we can, our love can move a mountain
We can, if you believe in we
We can, just wrap your arms around me
We can, we can
Because we can
Exciting news! Runaway Tours is heading to beautiful San Diego, CA from Friday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 5th.
This trip includes two nights of accommodations at The Hard Rock Hotel (“Gaslamp Quarter” District), welcome dinner cruise around the San Diego Bay, one ticket to an exclusive, Runaway Tours only, acoustic show with Jon Bon Jovi, photo op with Jon Bon Jovi (grouped by room), and much more!
Limited number packages are still available, reserve your spot today!
By Chris Jordan, (Asbury Park Press)
Jon Bon Jovi fired things up at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank Wednesday night, once again showing his support for the folks back home.
"Let’s turn up the heat!" said the rocker from the stage to the sold-out audience.
Bon Jovi, lead singer of the band Bon Jovi, normally plays stadiums around the world, but here it was a solo fundraising hometown show — he lives in neighboring Middletown — for the Parker Family Health Center of Red Bank.
"There are a lot of people who live in our area who have no health care, and they need our help," he told the crowd.
The Jersey Shore-based Kings of Suburbia were his backing band, and the evening feature a mixture of soul shakers (“Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party”), classic rockers (“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”) and Bon Jovi hits (“You Give Love a Bad Name”). The evening had a loose but musically tight roadhouse feel, very much rooted on the traditional R&B meets rock sound of the Jersey Shore.
Southside Johnny joined the ensemble about an hour into the show.
"He’s the reason I do what I do," Bon Jovi said.
Bon Jovi is known for his local philanthropy. For example, he donated $125,000 to the Sea Bright Fire Department after superstorm Sandy, and created the Soul Kitchen soup kitchen, located down the block from the Basie, to help feed the hungry. He also donated $1 million to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, and through his Soul Foundation, has helped build affordable housing in Philadelphia and a homeless shelter in Camden.
Before the show began, Monmouth Street was abuzz with Bon Jovi fans outside the theater. Fans were snapping pictures of the marquee, chatting and getting primed for the show.
Francesca Migliori, 38, made the trip from Lucca, Italy to be there.
"I’ve seen a lot of stadium shows in Italy, Milan, New Jersey, so I assume this is going to be different than the stadium shows," said Migliori, a native of Staten Island. "I met Jon on an Italian TV game show when I was 8 and I’ve been a fan ever since."
Migliori was seeing the show with her mom, Joan Migliori of Staten Island, and son, Giuseppe Dello’Averson, 13.
Prior to the show, Parker Family Health Center board member Gina Petillo said: “The Bon Jovis have been good friends to the Parker Center since we’ve opened in 2000. They’ve been with us from the start.”
The concert was live streamed via Stageit.com to fans around the world. Proceeds raised from the streaming also went to the Parker center.
The rocker appeared in a videotaped statement posted on social media Wednesday morning.
"Do me a favor, sign on and watch the Kings of Suburbia rock out on your computer and give some money to a great cause," said Jon Bon Jovi, seated in a convertible near an unidentified beach.
The Parker Family Health Center provides primary health care free of charge to low-income, uninsured Monmouth County residents, according to a release. The clinic logged 11,888 patient-visits in 2013, with over 100,000 cumulative visits since its founding in 2000.
The Jersey Shore-based Kings of Suburbia includes guitarist Bobby Bandiera, who plays in the band Bon Jovi; bassist Graham Maby, who has played with Joe Jackson and Shania Twain; drummer Rich Scannella, who substituted for Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres on the band’s most recent tour when he was ill; and singer Layonne Holmes, who has performed with Bruce Springsteen. The band played with Jon Bon Jovi for a fundraiser for the Parker Family Health Center at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville in 2011.
Join Jon in supporting the Parker Family Health Center by purchasing a ticket to watch the live stream of Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia performing at The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on July 30th!
A limited number of tickets for this unique live streaming event are available now!
During this once-in-a-lifetime event, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia, a support band consisting of some of the most talented musicians in New Jersey, will perform an exciting collection of your favorite Bon Jovi hits mixed with classic rock & roll songs.
ALL PROCEEDS from the live stream ticket sales will benefit Red Bank’s Parker Family Health Center, a volunteer-based facility that provides free primary health care services to low-income and uninsured Monmouth County residents. The clinic logged 11,888 patient visits in 2013, with over 100,000 cumulative visits since the founding. Health care is provided by a network of 250 volunteers who donate 10,000 hours of service annually.
Help make a difference by supporting those in need and watch Jon perform live at this intimate venue, via your computer or mobile device, by purchasing your tickets for the live stream today! #PowerOfWE
We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting two special screenings of the rare Bon Jovi documentary Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey on BonJovi.com on Wednesday, July 9th!
The film follows the band during the NEW JERSEY Tour, from 1988 to 1990, and includes exclusive live, backstage, and candid behind-the-scenes footage.
Previously only available in the US on VHS tape, this documentary was just re-released on DVD as part of the NEW JERSEY Super Deluxe Edition album, available now through Amazon.
TIME ZONE: FIRST AIRING, SECOND AIRING
Los Angeles: July 9 at 11:00 AM PDT, July 9 at 6:00 PM PDT
New York: July 9 at 2:00 PM EDT, July 9 at 9:00 PM EDT
Sao Paulo: July 9 at 3:00 PM BRT, July 9 at 10:00 PM BRT
London: July 9 at 7:00 PM BST, July 10 at 2:00 AM BST
Tokyo: July 10 at 3:00 AM JST, July 10 at 10:00 AM JST
Sydney: July 10 at 4:00 AM AEST, July 10 at 11:00 AM AEST
Tweet #AccessAllAreas to join in the conversation during the screenings!
You can also watch “Access All Areas” live on the Bon Jovi App - download now:
THE WAIT IS OVER! The special anniversary Deluxe Edition of the original NEW JERSEY album is now available through iTunes!
The Deluxe Edition includes the complete remastered original album plus over an hour of previously unreleased music from the New Jersey recording sessions.
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Here’s the first preview of the highly anticipated DVD release of the Bon Jovi documentary, Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey.
You can enjoy the entire film on DVD in the NEW JERSEY Super Deluxe Edition available on July 1st!
Special anniversary editions of the original NEW JERSEY album will be released on July 1, 2014. Both Deluxe and Super Editions will include the complete remastered original album, plus three bonus tracks, and 13 mega rare Sons Of Beaches demos: more than one hour of previously unreleased demos from the New Jersey recording sessions, released exclusively for this project! Super Deluxe Edition will also include an additional DVD, ‘Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey’, of exclusive video footage from the NEW JERSEY era.
Pre-order the NEW JERSEY Deluxe Edition today through iTunes and get early access to three never-released demos instantly.
Homebound Train - AVAILABLE NOW
Full Moon High - AVAILABLE NOW
Diamond Ring - AVAILABLE NOW (June 24)
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To kick off our 30th Anniversary, we’re asking you to help us make a lyric video for the hit song Bad Medicine using your photos and videos! We’ll string selected submissions together and launch our first video in July!
*You’ll need a public Instagram account. Download it for free for your iOS or Droid device.
*Recreate the lyrics to Bad Medicine in your own creative way — Lip-synch it, draw it, write it, paint it, hold up a sign. Use your imagination and have fun.
*Post your final photos and videos on Instagram using #BadMedicine.
For more details visit www.bonjovivideo.com.
The final date for submissions is July 1, 2014. Click here to read terms and conditions for this promotion.
Check out the video below to see what made NEW JERSEY so iconic and for a sneak preview of the Super Deluxe Edition album, including 2 full length CDs (with over an hour of previously unreleased demos) and a DVD of exclusive video footage from the NEW JERSEY era.
Special anniversary editions of the NEW JERSEY album are releasing on July 1st, pre-order your copy today!
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By Wendy Geller (Yahoo Music)
It may be hard to believe, but lauded rockers Bon Jovi are celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band this year, marking the occasion with the re-release of 1988’s New Jersey in remastered and expanded deluxe 2CD and super deluxe 2CD/DVD editions.
The package, of course, includes some amazing archival material that is sure to delight fans, including a disc featuring the 13 Sons Of Beaches demos, which comprise more than an hour of previously unreleased demos from the New Jersey recording sessions.
All of this will officially be out on July 1, but for those who can’t wait, Yahoo Music is thrilled to premiere one of these rare tracks, “Now And Forever.” Enjoy!
Bon Jovi’s New Jersey spent four straight weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. and spawned five Top 10 singles (“Bad Medicine;” “Born To Be My Baby;” “I’ll Be There For You;” “Living In Sin;” and “Lay Your Hands On Me”).
By CBS Local (104.3 WOMC)
On May 13th, 1989, Bon Jovi went to number one on the U.S. singles chart with “I’ll Be There For You.” The power ballad comes off the multi-platinum selling album New Jersey, and was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.
New Jersey debuted at #8 on Billboard 200, the following week reached #1 and spent four weeks at #1. It eventually sold 7 million copies in the United States. The album also debuted at #1 in Canada, the UK, Switzerland,Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. New Jersey also holds the record for the heavy metal album to spawn the most Top 10 singles, with five singles charting on the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in United States. No other heavy metal album has ever equaled or broken this feat.
“I’ll Be There For You” became the band’s third single from the album when it was released as a single in 1989. As the band was at its peak popularity at this time, the song quickly climbed to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their fourth and final number one single. The song has remained as one of Bon Jovi’s signature songs and a classic in the power ballad genre. The song was also a peek into a more mature sound heard on their following albums Keep the Faith and These Days.
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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia.
On Tuesday, he attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless.
Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood. The project also received public funds.
Residents will have access to social services provided by Project HOME, a group dedicated to ending homelessness. The four-story building includes retail and office space.
Bon Jovi is a longtime advocate for affordable housing in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and many other cities. The New Jersey native once co-owned the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.
Jon Bon Jovi during speaks during the grand opening of the JBJ Soul Homes, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
We are excited to unveil the updated BonJovi.com site, celebrating thirty years of music.
Through the years our fans have been the constant motivation and inspiration to continue to make music and perform across the world. We’ve released 12 studio albums and many other special releases (Crossroads, 100 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong, This Left Feels Right), and embarked on just as many world tours. Across 52 countries, we’ve played over 2,900 concerts, and were honored to have 3 consecutive #1 worldwide tours (Lost Highway World Tour, The Circle Tour, and Because We Can - The Tour).
Thank you again for all of your support, we couldn’t do it without you!
By Tony Posnanski (Huffington Post)
One of the many joys I have in life is taking my son to school. It is a nice half hour of bonding time where we talk and listen to music.
We mostly listen to music. I have a Sirius satellite radio in my car, so we are able to listen to a variety of music. He truly likes all kinds of music, but mainly pop. In fact, I do not really know a song he does not like. I know is favorite at the moment is "Counting Stars" by One Republic. He also likes "Animals". He thinks crocodiles sing the song.
He also remembers every song he has heard and can tell me the name and artist. It is pretty amazing for a 4-year-old, actually. I can barely remember to pack his lunch, yet he knows that Paramore sings “Ain’t It Fun.”
The other day, we were listening to a station called “The Blend” and one of my favorite songs came on.
"Livin’ On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi started up. I started to hear the "Mmmmmmm… wooowooow!" at the beginning.
I got excited and told my song he is going to love this because it is the best song ever!
My son got mad and said that was not the best song ever. He said that One Direction sang “Best Song Ever”.
I guess if my son wanted to take me to court on that subject, he would win. Technically, One Direction does sing the “Best Song Ever.”
That bothered me for the moment. Because I wanted my son to appreciate “Livin’ On A Prayer.”
So, I started to tell my son the love story of Tommy and Gina.
Livin’ On A Prayer is a story like no other. It starts out with Tommy, who used to work on the docks. The union has been on strike, so he has been down on is luck. Many would say it is tough for him. So tough.
Gina, who loves Tommy, works in a diner all day. She works for her father and she brings home her money. Do you know why she brings it home? For love. FOR LOVE!
Gina tells Tommy that they have to hold on to what they have got. If you look at it from their perspective, it does not make a difference if they make it or not. See, Gina and Tommy have each other and that is a lot. For love, they are going to give it a shot…
My son told me he wanted to listen to the radio and not listen to my story. I told him I could not stop the story. I was halfway there.
"Halfway to school?" my son asked.
"No son. I am talking about Gina and Tommy living on a prayer. They took each other’s hands. They will make it I swear!" I said.
"You should not swear!" my son added.
"Okay, let me finish the story, please." I said.
"No! I want to hear the song. I like it." My son said.
I did not go on with the story of Tommy and Gina. Instead, I told my son that One Direction does not sing the best song ever. Bon Jovi does. And anything else is untrue.
My son is 4 and honestly, that is a cool age for a dad. He thinks I am smart and funny. He things I am an amazing athlete because I can throw the ball in the air. He wants to do things like me and we like the same music.
I know that will change soon. I will not be the cool dad. My son will want me to drop him off far away from his friends. He will not want to spend time with me. A lot of kids are like that and I am prepared for it. Which is why I enjoy the time with him now.
I love that we can bond about music now. He will not like the same music as I do in a few years. He will listen to some music that I think it noise and he will tell me that the music I like is not cool. It happens to every generation.
But yesterday, when my son and I were at the store I looked at him and asked him a simple question…
"Who sings the best song ever?"
He told me Bon Jovi.
And for a brief moment, I felt like I taught him a great music lesson.
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